CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JUSTIN STAPLETON’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
I hope you all had a chance to head out and enjoy those sunny skies Sunday afternoon, it was a great end to the weekend. The next storm is already sending clouds across Western Oregon and after midnight, we’ll see some scattered showers move in and likely stick through the Monday morning commute.
Along with the rain, the mountains will again see some decent accumulating snow overnight and on Monday. Winter Weather Advisories are posted for the Cascades through late Monday afternoon. Snow levels will drop to 2000 feet and Pass level and above could see 5-9 inches of new snow (on top of the 1-2 feet that fell over the weekend!)
Most of the rain should be wrapped up by the commute home, but we’ll stay cloudy and highs cooler than our sunny Sunday, back down into the upper 40s. Tuesday will stay dry overall, cloudy with a weaker cold front coming across the region late night into early Wednesday. Both Wednesday and Thursday carry a chance for some scattered showers as a couple of weak systems move over top of a developing ridge of high pressure offshore. Highs will hold near 50.
Speaking of that ridge, early peeks in the weekend models show it strengthening over top of the Northwest Friday and mostly Saturday. Albeit from some morning fog in the valleys, we should see a nice, sunny end to the work week and start to the weekend. Highs will also shoot back up into the mid and maybe upper 50s, with some areas in the Umpqua possibly seeing low 60s!
Have a great Monday!
Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton
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